Are you tired of taking travelling selfies, tired of squeezing yours and your friend's face into a tiny frame or too embarrassed to ask strangers to capture a picture of you? Do you want to add more angles to your selfies?
Well, this article is for you if you answered all these questions with a big fat YES!
I, myself, am always bothered by all of the above. Thus, as soon as I found out about the ATUMTEK Selfie Stick, I had to get my hands on it! I am passionate about mobile photography, but still have a lot to learn. So, with the ATUMTEK Bluetooth Selfie Stick, I was hoping to take my photos to a new level: This handy gadget does not only help you take better selfies, but also acts as a tripod holder helping you take clearer photos with the remote control.
Here are some pros and cons of the ATUMTEK Bluetooth Selfie Stick based on my experience:
√ 3 in 1 design
× Not easy to extend the legs
√ Bluetooth remote control
× The phone clip may accidentally press into Power Button
√ Tripod holder
× Needs to mind your hands when close the tripods
√ 270-degree rotatable phone holder
√ Long enough to take group photos
ATUMTEK Selfie Stick Tripod Overview
So, what is in the box? The box contains one selfie stick with Bluetooth remote control, a Micro USB cable and a warranty card. That's it! The packaging is incredibly minimalist and simple – just like the selfie stick itself.
2. Product Breakdown and Features
The detachable Bluetooth remote control is the highlight of this product. The selfie stick itself is all black with a small and delicate body – super portable and travel friendly! It features a shutter button and a LED indicator on the top of the surface.
One of the best features of this selfie stick is the hidden charging port. It can be charged via a micro USB port located on the bottom surface.
Light and Compact
Like most other selfie sticks, the ATUMTEK selfie stick tripod can fold into 7.7 inch to take up as little space in your luggage as possible. Plus, it tips the scales at just 172 grams, making it lightweight and compact. Thus, allowing it to easily fit into your handbag or even a pocket.
Another bonus of this selfie stick is its tripod holder with anti-slip design, which enables the tripod to stand firmly on the ground.
The selfie stick comes with a telescopic lever made from aluminum alloy, which can extend for up to 31.3 inch/796mm. It also comprises a frosted handle that lets you have a firm grip at all times.
Phone Bracket and Clip
At the end of the stick, there is a durable bracket and a phone clip, both of which can rotate freely, and the phone clip is adjustable for a phone width from 2.16 inch to 3.42 inch (suitable for all smartphones on the market).
How to Take out / Put Back the Bluetooth Remote Control?
- Take out from the Remote bottom.
- Put in from the top of the Remote.
How to Pair the Selfie Stick with Your Smartphone?
Bluetooth remote control enables the ATUMTEK Selfie Stick to connect to smartphones running on Android 5.0 and above as well as iOS 7.0 and higher.
For this review, I will use iPhone X to pair it with the selfie stick.
Step 1: Enable Pairing Mode
Long press the shutter button for about 2 seconds until the green LED light flashes, indicating that the selfie stick has entered into pairing mode.
Step 2: Enable Bluetooth on iPhone
Go to Settings on the phone, turn on Bluetooth and search for nearby Bluetooth devices - the ATUMTEK Selfie Stick will show up as “ATUMTEK”.
Step 3: Pair the Devices
Choose “ATUMTEK” . Once the devices are paired successfully, the green LED light will be steady.
Step 4: Choose Camera Option
Finally choose “Phone” or “Video” function on phone camera. Now you can use ATUMTEK Bluetooth remote to take selfie pictures or videos.
Step 5: Pose and Snap!
Now use the remote to snap and capture as many pictures as you want!
How to Use the Selfie Stick Tripod?
Step 1: Hold in the middle position of the selfie stick and use the other hand to pull out the top cap about 2cm.
Note: Push out three of the legs attached to the stem at the button to activate the tripod if you want to use the tripod. Then, the tripod will open automatically when pulling out the aluminum alloy telescopic arm. Manual operation is prohibited.
Step 2: Hold the middle of the smartphone holder and pull out the aluminum alloy telescopic arm to your suitable length.
Step 3: Widthwise set your phone inside the smartphone holder by releasing the top cap.
Note: Please avoid pressing the buttons of your phone.
How to Fold the Selfie Stick Tripod?
Step 1: Remove your mobile phone by releasing the top cap.
Step 2: Hold from the middle position of the selfie stick and use the other hand to push the aluminum alloy telescopic arm back from the top cap.
Note: If you have opened the tripod, the tripod will close automatically when you push back the aluminum alloy telescopic arm. Manual operation is prohibited.
3-in-1 Design of ATUMTEK Selfie Stick Tripod
As the famous saying goes, you cannot have your cake and eat it. But in case of the ATUMTEK Selfie Stick, I have to say that you can. You will get both: a selfie stick and a tripod!
You can start off by using it just as any other selfie stick: Simply mount your phone into the phone clip and rotate the bracket to get the right angle. Then, pull out the telescopic lever, adjust it to a desirable length and get ready to pose shamelessly – there are no strangers behind the camera to judge you.
Then, you can move on to trying out the stick's tripod mode. Coming with an anti-slip rubber pad, the tripod will stand steadily on any flat surface. Just separate the feet at the end of the handle and start shooting.
Essentially, the tripod holder is suitable for indoor use, especially for live video, hands-free recording, video chatting etc. I am not sure how well the tripod would do outdoors as it comes with a pretty lightweight design and may not be able to handle rocky terrain or rough weather conditions.
With that said, having a tripod is incredibly handy – you won't need to carry additional equipment and will be able to snap selfies from afar thanks to the Bluetooth remote control.
I like the detachable design of the Bluetooth remote control, since it enables you to have time to pose properly before triggering the shutter. The remote control can be attached to the body of the device but is removable. You can move around with it as long as the remote control is within the Bluetooth range (33 feet).
If you are really into selfies, then you probably won't find a better companion than the ATUMTEK Selfie Stick. With its 3-in-1 functionality, detachable Bluetooth remote control, minimalist design and an easily rechargeable 50mAh Li-ion battery, it is a fun, reliable and durable photo gadget especially for globetrotters.
Invest in ATUMTEK Selfie Stick and don’t forget to pack it in your luggage for your next trip!